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Richard Lochhead MSP has welcomed the decision taken at a meeting of the Moray Council today to approve plans for a Moray Growth Bid.

Commenting, Moray’s MSP said:

“I welcome the proposal for a Moray Growth Deal and this is a concept I have been pushing for in the Scottish Parliament. I’m therefore delighted that progress is being made and that the Council has approved plans to secure a multi-million pound deal to boost Moray’s economy.

“I’ve said in the past that bespoke measures need to be put in place for Moray as the area hasn’t been covered by the Aberdeen and Inverness City Region deals.  With one of the lowest wage economies in Scotland Moray would clearly benefit from its own growth deal to build and diversify the local economy and to create high value jobs locally.

“I’ll certainly be doing all I can to persuade colleagues in the Scottish Government to support Moray’s bid and given that Moray generates enormous revenues for the UK Treasury through the Speyside Scotch whisky sector, I hope that the UK Government will also get behind this growth bid.”